'Actually, I don't like being called ah lian'

She has been dubbed "the most polite ah lian", generating a large amount of buzz both online and offline.

Young people hail her as a hero, while aunties speak of her in hushed tones.

On her Facebook wall, various users have posted their support for her.

Facebook user John Ho posted: "You are Singapore's pride. Awesome girl!"

Another user, Justin Lim, posted: "You are my super idol."

HardwareZone user rogerfederer posted: "Support ah lian. These old aunties need to be told off sometimes. Give them an inch and they want a yard."

Another user, socade, posted: "I support you, you are being nice to just keep quiet when she kept shouting at you."

All because she gave up her seat to a disgruntled older woman and then stood her ground when the latter continued berating her.

While she may have become a cause celebre after her run-in with the older woman whom netizens have dubbed the "priority seat aunty", Ms Huina said: "I am no hero. There is nothing for me to be hero about."

Even after The New Paper tracked her down, it took several days before the 20-year-old retail assistant agreed to an interview.

Ms Huina, who declined to give her surname, was caught on video arguing with an older woman to whom she had given up a priority seat on a train heading towards Pasir Ris last Monday at about 6.30pm.

After taking the seat, the older woman, who gave the impression that she was entitled to the seat, said of Ms Huina: "So displeasing. Most probably you're from China. Ask you for the seat, keep on staring for how many hours? So rude."

Initially, she ignored the woman, but a heated argument then broke out, with both woman resorting to the use of profanity.

However, Ms Huina said "please" before letting fly with her string of vulgarities.

As a result of that and her giving up her seat, netizens called her a polite ah lian and labelled the older woman an ungrateful aunty.

Ms Huina told TNP: "Actually, I don't really like being called ah lian. But it's okay, I guess, because I'm already used to it."

But she added that she really likes the picture of the "polite ah lian" award, which has been making its rounds online.

"Where do you find a polite ah lian?" she said with a chuckle.

"I find all these images that people are making of me very creative. It's quite funny because I never expected it to be such a big deal."

A student, Mr Muhammad Khair, 21, had filmed the argument on his mobile phone camera and sent the video to citizen journalism website Stomp.

It was also uploaded on YouTube.

Asked if she knew that someone was taking a video of the exchange on the train, Ms Huina said: "I had no idea. When my friends told me I was on Stomp, I was quite shocked."

Her friends had called her up last Tuesday to ask if she had argued with an older woman on the train. They then told her about the video.

Netizens react to video of women arguing over MRT seat
Click on thumbnail to view (Photos: Stomp)

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